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Day in Rock Report for 10/21/2015



Rare Van Halen Cover Of Queen Classic Unearthed

A rare recording of Van Halen covering a classic Queen song, which was reportedly recently unearthed, has been posted online by the author of a new book on Van Halen's formative years.

Biographer Greg Renoff posted the live performance that was recorded at Pasadena High School on April 25, 1975 of Van Halen covering the song "Now I'm Here" from Queen's 'Sheer Heart Attack' album.

Renoff shared the rare recording to promote the release of his new book "Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal", which is being sold at the Van Halen Store.

Bravewords.com reports that the new book features material based on 230 original interviews with insiders including original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony as well as Pete Angelus, Marshall Berle, Donn Landee, Ted Templeman, and Neil Zlozower. Read more details about the book and watch the video here.

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Blink-182 Have Recorded Several Songs With Matt Skiba So Far

Travis Barker says Blink-182 have recorded several new songs with Alkaline Trio star Matt Skiba, who took over as the frontman when Tom DeLonge left the group.

Barker spoke with the UK music publication NME about what is happening with the band, shared his enthusiasm about working with Skiba and revealed that they have already recorded a number of new songs together.

Barker says, "Matt's killing it. He's fun to play with and write with. We're just getting started but I think we've got like four or five songs right now that I'm really, really happy with. There's a song called 'Punk Rock Cliché' which I love the most right now. It's about friends of ours and their relationships."

Barker also revealed that the new material will be a little different from what people have come to expect from Blink-182. "They sound different but still the same. Obviously, it's Matt Skiba singing so there's hints of Alkaline Trio, or at least Matt's contributions to Alkaline Trio, mixed with my drumming and Mark's voice and stuff. It's really cool and I really love what we've done so far."

While the band is making progress on new music, Barker says that the band is letting the new album come organically. "The goal here is to come up with an album and just write.

"We don't put a limit on how many songs we're gonna write. [We just] Write a bunch of songs and when we feel like there's an album ready, there's an album ready. You know, no pressure, no deadlines."

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Slash Making Progress On New Studio Album

(Classic Rock) Slash has revealed his fourth solo album is 90% written, and he's aiming to record it early next year. It'll be his third studio outing with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, following 2012's Apocalyptic Love and 2014's World On Fire.

And the former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist believes his outfit are only getting better. Slash tells SBSun.com: "The stuff for the next record is really great. Instead of peaking early and burning out, we've started at one place and escalated in terms of our creative inspiration.

"We just seem to get more in a groove the longer we star together, and the harder we work on the road. It seems to come out in the new material." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Guitarist Shares Story Behind New Song 'Dangerous'

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen shared the story behind the band's just released new song "Dangerous." The track comes from their forthcoming self-titled album, which is set to be released on October 30th (vinyl on November 6th).

Collen shared the following background on the new track with WRIF radio (via Blabbermouth), "I had a demo for 'Dangerous' as well, pretty much the whole music of that I had done.

"It was called 'Dangerous Drug' and Joe [Elliott] said, 'Wouldn't it be great if we called it 'Dangerous' and make it this kind of singalong chorus? We literally copied it exactly [for the album version]. I'd redone the guitars. We'd just done a slightly different guitar sound.

"We might have even kept some of the original demo, I'm not sure. That's really how it went...We didn't change anything musically at all."

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Device Guitarist Disturbed David Draiman Pulled Plug On Band

(TeamRock Radio) The guitarist in David Draiman's shelved side project Device says the group wasn't given a chance to develop by the singer. Andre 'Virus' Karkos says the rug was pulled out from under Device just as they were about to hit the big time. Draiman formed Device in 2012 during Disturbed's hiatus, but pulled the plug just as they were about to go on a potentially lucrative tour.

Karkos tells Talk Toomey: "Device was extremely successful for the little time it was around. If it just was left to do what it was supposed to do and we gave it the proper time and attention, like we were gonna, that band would have been huge. I have no doubt about that. "The first single went to No.1. Things were great, and we sold a bunch of records. I think that we were at 110,000 records when David pulled the plug.

"The tour that we walked away from before it was all over was Avenged Sevenfold headlining, Five Finger Death Punch was main support, and then it was Device. That was the tour that we had lined up, and David walked away. That band could have been a really large band." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Add Download Festival To Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will headline the Download festival at UK's Donington Park on June 11. The appearance is part of the group's farewell tour, which will see three-quarters of the original lineup - Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - perform around the globe one final time.

Tickets for the annual weekend event - which includes a closing night set by Iron Maiden - will go on sale on this Friday, October 23. "Download is my absolute favourite summer festival," says Ozzy Osbourne. "It's always like coming home. See you all there."

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will once again sit out the tour over contractual issues with the band and personal issues with Osbourne over remarks in recent years. Check out the promo video here.

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Gentle Giant's John 'Pugwash' Weathers Diagnosed With Cancer

(Prog) Gentle Giant drummer John 'Pugwash' Weathers has been diagnosed with cancer, former bandmate Kerry Minnear has confirmed. The 68-year-old has been battling against spinocerebellar ataxia, a condition similar to multiple sclerosis, for some years.

Now Minnear reports: "John underwent a biopsy on Wednesday and a tumour on his vocal cords was discovered. Thankfully it has not spread to his throat.

"He has asked us to let you know, and for you to do what you do best - send him your prayers and healing vibes." Minnear says his ex colleague is feeling "somewhat vulnerable at the moment" and that he'll begin laser treatment on the tumour in the near future." Read more here.

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Maynard James Keenan A Wrestler In Puscifer's Money Shot Video

(Prog) Puscifer have released a video for the title track of upcoming album Money Shot. It features frontman Maynard James Keenan as a wrestler in the midst of an unusual crime caper.

The band's third full-length release will arrive on October 30 via their own label, Puscifer Entertainment. They previously issued a video for lead track Grand Canyon.

After announcing a winter North American tour, frontman Maynard James Keenan said: "As is the modus operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We've been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail.

"As usual, we prefer to show rather than tell. Odds are, if you've been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you'll want to go ahead and place those bets." Watch the video here.

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Jack Bruce's Music Celebrated In New Two-Disc Anthology

(Classic Rock) Jack Bruce's work with Cream, BBM and his solo output is the subject of a two-disc anthology which is on sale now, to coincide with an all-star memorial concert later this week.

The iconic bassist and vocalist died last year aged 71, leaving a legacy that's celebrated in Sunshine Of Your Love: A Life In Music, released via Republic Records.

The label says: "Jack was a colossus with a restless musical spirit. His 50-year career saw him work with a wide range of collaborators across many genres. His virtuosity on the bass guitar set the standard by which other musicians would be judged."

Sunshine Of Your Love is on sale now. Bruce's career achievements will be marked at the Roundhouse, London, on October 24, during a concert featuring ex bandmate Ginger Baker, Phil Manzanera, Ian Anderson, Bernie Marsden and others. Check out the track details here.

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Faith No More Release 'Sunny Side Up' Video

(Classic Rock) Faith No More have released a video for their track Sunny Side Up. It's the first official promo for any track from comeback album Sol Invictus, released in May after the band got back together in 2009.

FNM bassist Billy Gould admitted earlier this year that the band had been blown away by the response to their first release in 18 years. He said: "It's a relief. We've always put out things and we don't know what the reaction is going to be.

"It's nice seeing something that gets received so well. I'm kind of wondering when the shoe's gonna drop and somebody's just gonna bash the sh*t out of this. Like, it's too good, the reaction." Watch the video here.

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Instonaut Streaming New Song 'Digital Gerrymandering'

(Prog) Intronaut have released a stream of their track Digital Gerrymandering, from fifth album The Direction Of Last Things. The follow-up to 2013's Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) will be released on November 13th via Century Media.

The band have described their latest work as "our most technical, brutal, catchy - and straight-up fearless." Frontman Sacha Dunable says: "On the past couple of records, we were really exploring some musical aspects that were experimental, melodic, and less of a primal heavy metal assault.

"I still love all our records and those parts of our musical DNA, but I thought it was time we took our musical evolution and made it do 100 push-ups every morning." Stream the song here.

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Walter Trout To Receive Guitar Honor

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has been named this year's recipient of the Sena European Guitar Award. Trout will be given the award at Club Ziggo in Amsterdam on November 27.

The famed guitarist will join a list of previous winners that includes Slash, Brian May and Steve Lukather when he receives the gong in the Netherlands next month.

Trout, who's fought back from near death ahead of a liver transplant, says: "It's an unbelievable honour. To be acknowledged is especially meaningful to me at this time of my life. It's a milestone I'll never forget."

SEGA jury chairman Jean-Paul Heck says: "He survived and came back stronger - Walter is a great example for the blues community worldwide." Read more here.

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Clive Nolan Hoping Eye Surgery Will Return His Sight

(Prog) Clive Nolan has thanked fans for their support after he had to undergo emergency eye surgery. The Pendragon, Shadowland and Arena man suffered a detached retina last week. He's now waiting to find out whether the operation was a success.

Nolan says: "I found myself in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where a couple of surgeons did what they had to. It was decided it should be local anaesthetic - so that turned out to be a long 70 minutes, which I won't describe right now!

"They believe the operation went well, but the results will be unknown for a while yet. I have to sit in a fixed position day after day, hoping that my sight will return." Read more here.

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Tim Bowness Releases 'Sing To Me' Video

(Prog) Tim Bowness has released a video for his song "Sing To Me", a track that comes from the No-Man, Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines member's third solo album, "Stupid Things That Mean The World," which was released in July via InsideOut.

Bowness says: "Originally a No-Man demo called Best Boy Electric, I heard it for the first time in over 20 years when Steven Wilson sent it to me for consideration for the Lost Songs reissue.

"I'd completely forgotten the song and I couldn't believe we'd not pursued it further. It immediately felt special to me and I knew where I'd like to take it musically. One of my favourite songs on the album, it reminds me of aspects of the early No-Man that I loved, while also feeling very much a part of the music I'm currently making." Check out the video here.

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The Enid Stream Song From Final Part Of Album Trilogy 'Dust'

(Prog) The Enid have announced they'll release their next album entitled Dust next year. The band have also released a stream of the album track "1000 Stars from Dust."

The new album will be the final part of a trilogy of albums which began with 2010's Journey's End and continued with 2012's Invicta - and it's due out on April 1, 2016.

The band tell Prog: "Ever since we released Invicta three years ago, the pressure has been high while preparing for the follow up, Dust. It's of upmost importance to us that we exceed the standard expected by our audience.

"We believe that something of great value takes great time and effort to achieve, so we have been working on all cylinders for the last few years on skill development and exploring our ideas.

"It all feels like something to be proud of, and we can't wait to share our latest creation with everyone." Stream the new song and check out the album art here.

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Swallow The Sun Stream New Song 'Pray For The Winds To Come'

(Prog) Swallow The Sun have released a lyric video for their track Pray For The Winds To Come, which comes from their triple album Songs From The North I, II & III.

The band has previously issued Heartstrings Shattering from the follow-up to 2012's Emerald Forest And The Blackbird, which is set to be released via Century Media on November 13th.

Guitarist Juha Raivio says: "Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age - many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs."

Songs From The North I, II & III will be made available as special edition 3CD box, a limited deluxe edition 5LP+3CD box and as digital album. Check out the new song here.

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Threshold Frontman Damian Wilson Crowdfunding Solo Album

(Prog) Threshold frontman Damian Wilson has started a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his first solo album in 10 years. He plans to release the follow-up to Let's Start A Commute in April next year - and he's well on his way, raising over €7500 of his €11000 target with 34 pledge days remaining on the Kickstarter page.

Wilson says: "I've never stopped writing songs so I have accumulated a lot since my last solo album. In June we started recording in Dublin with some amazing musicians from all over Europe. We're happy to say we've come a long way these last couple of months and the album is taking shape."

He continues: "I believe we're creating something worthy of your expectations. The songs reflect on how our personal relationships are relevant to the bigger picture, even on a world level." Read more here.

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Perfect Beings Release 'Rivermaker' Video

(Prog) Perfect Beings have released a video for their track Rivermaker, a track that comes from the band's latest album Perfect Beings II, which was released last week via My Sonic Temple and made possible thanks to a successful PledgeMusic campaign.

Mainman Ryan Hurtgen tells Prog: "For me, the album is a concept album because it goes into a discovery of self. The idea of trying to find yourself, trying to love yourself, trying to understand what you're doing on this planet. A lot of existentialism.

"I'm not doing it for money. I'm not in it for the fame, obviously. So why am I doing it? It really comes down to doing something that I strongly believe in. Some of that is what the album is about." Watch the video here.

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Deadly Circus Fire Streaming New Song 'Aeden'

(Prog) Deadly Circus Fire have released a lyric video for their song Aeden, which is a track from their second album "The Hydra's Tailor" that was launched in June following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The band have also been confirmed as support act for Skindred on their upcoming European tour. Deadly Circus Fire guitarist Save Addadrio had the following to say about the trek:

"We'll be bringing songs from The Hydra's Tailor as well as some songs from debut album The King And The Bishop. We are coming for Europe with everything we've got!" See the dates and stream the song here.

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Rob Reed Releases Video For His New Kiama Project

(Prog) Rob Reed has released a teaser video introducing his new project Kiama. The band features Magenta mainman Reed, as well as Andy Edwards from Frost*, Luke Machin of Maschine and The Tangent and Dylan Thompson from Shadow Of The Sun.

Kiama's debut album Sign Of IV will be released in January next year via Tigermoth Records and they have released a teaser video featuring the track Cold Black Heart.

Reed tells Prog: "We drew from musical references from the early 70s who were primarily thought of as rock bands - but to me were responsible for some of the greatest prog epics.

"Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and Stairway To Heaven, Rainbow's Stargazer and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody were the order of the day. It was all about the melody, groove and the songs, not musical widdle." Check out the video and read more here.

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Queen Release Classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Live Performance

(hennemusic) Queen have released a video of their performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a preview to the November 20 release of "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975."

The lead single from their fourth album, "A Night At The Opera", was in the middle of a record-breaking 9-week run at Number One in the UK charts when the Christmas Eve show took place at the famed London venue.

The finale of Queen's 26-date fall UK tour was broadcast live on BBC2-TV and BBC Radio 1. "This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV … the Christmas Show," says guitarist Brian May. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."

The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature a documentary, "Looking Back At The Odeon", which includes a previously unseen interview with May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test host Bob Harris about the Hammersmith show.

The set also presents rare footage from Japan during the group's tour of the Far East. "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" will be available on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally. Watch the video here.

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John Fogerty Does Impromptu Acoustic TV Performance of CCR Classic

(hennemusic) John Fogerty delivered an impromptu acoustic performance of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?", on TBS late night show Conan on Monday.

The only single issued from the group's 1970 album, "Pendulum", the tune peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Fogerty is making the rounds to promote his newly-published memoir, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music", which sees the rocker explore his Northern California roots, CCR's success and his retreat from music and public life before returning to chart-topping solo success.

Fogerty also shared stories about his start as a songwriter and CCR's appearance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, where the group followed The Grateful Dead.

The rocker will play an 8-show residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas in the New Year. Running January 8-23, "Peace, Love And Creedence" will see Fogerty extend his "1969" summer tour show by performing music from the three albums he released that year with CCR, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys." Watch the Conan performance here.

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Metallica Share Video Footage From Rock in Rio Festival

(hennemusic) Metallica have released video footage of their performance of the Load song "King Nothing" from their appearance at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on September 19.

The veteran metal band topped Saturday's bill at the 30th anniversary of the iconic music festival, as they were joined by Motley Crue, Korn and Royal Blood, among others.

Metallica's video highlight package also includes the band warming up in the Tuning Room before the show, which marked the group's final scheduled live show of 2015.

Frontman James Hetfield recently confirmed the band are currently recording new music for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic." Check out the video here.

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Chris Cornell Jams Bob Marley Classic With His 11-Year-Old Daughter

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell was joined by his 11-year old daughter Toni for a cover of the Bob Marley classic, "Redemption Song", at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Monday.

On the road playing acoustic dates across North America in support of his fourth solo album, "Higher Truth", Cornell welcomed his daughter to the stage.

"A few years back, my daughter wanted to do a song at school," said Cornell. "She said it's called the Music for Lunch Bunch and she makes it sound like she sits in front of her classmates and they do a song every once in a while. So I went and got a guitar tuned for her in the right key and we went to see her do it and it was actually like an assembly in front of the entire school."

"I was as nervous as I've ever been, for instance like opening for Metallica in front of 45,000 people. I was more nervous that day, but she sang it beautifully." Check video of the jam here.

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Ghost Unplug For Radio Performance

(hennemusic) Ghost delivered an acoustic performance of two songs during an appearance at 100.3 The X in Boise, Idaho on Monday and video of the jam has been posted online.

In town to perform at The Knitting Factory, the Swedish group unplugged for their cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" from their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP of the same name, as well as "Jigolo Har Megiddo" from 2013's "Infestissumam."

The group are currently playing dates on the Black To The Future North American tour in support of the their third album, "Meliora." Watch the performance here.

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Jimi Hendrix Might Have Embraced Rap Argues Producer Eddie Kramer

(Classic Rock) Jimi Hendrix producer Eddie Kramer believes the guitar icon might have embraced rap music if he'd lived - and he'd have become an industry player like Jay-Z and similar modern artists.

The producer continues to take a hand in the release of material left behind when Hendrix died in 1970. He was involved in the production of documentary movie Electric Church, which tells the story of the Hendrix's appearance at the Atlanta Pop Festival, just weeks before he passed away.

Kramer tells the BBC: "This was the crossroads for him. The next move would have been incorporating some of the stuff that was on the street. He was aware of everything that was going on - he was a musical sponge."

He describes Hendrix's foray into "funky R&B" as a "first step" and continues: "Who knows where he may have taken it? He may even have gotten into rap. The idea of street music would have influenced him had he stayed alive." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Hey Monea's Filthy Rich

Daniel Monea of Canton, Oh rockers Hey Monea tells us about the song "Filthy Rich" from their brand new album "The Fifty," which is set to be released this Friday (October 23rd). Here is the story:

The story of this song starts with middle school daydreaming. I often look back on how blindly optimistic I was growing up learning to play the guitar, starting a band and writing songs. And I wanted to write a song about that.

It's obviously semi-ironic, and clearly a bit tongue in cheek. Because as the music business changes, the idea of having 5 red Ferraris and A Beverly hills mansion from your music checks has become all but obsolete. But the dream doesn't change. We all want to look out at our audience and see thousands of adoring fans, collect a massive check, then hop on our G4 and head to the next big show.

And the truth is, the longer I spend making songs and touring, I've become much more realistic and appreciative of what we've been able to accomplish. And that means way more than any mid 80's Motley Crue fantasy I might have. But it certainly won't stop me from dreaming.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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